#thankyourteacher with EdPlace

With UNESCO World Teachers’ Day fast
approaching on the 5th of October EdPlace have a well timed
campaign running to show your appreciation for your child’s favourite teacher.

You just print the thank you card template
then write a few words about why they are so fabulous. Ideally get your children to fill this in
they can practise their handwriting and its so much more thoughtful that
way.

Once completed you share the card on
social media (Facebook or Twitter) with the hashtag #thankyouteacher. Five of the nominations will have a wonderful surprise courtesy
of EdPlace, as those teachers will be spoilt with a delivery of flowers and
chocolate. What a wonderful gesture to
recognise the hard work and dedication that teachers commit to educating your
child.

My boys will be writing their own
cards later as they both have teachers they like and respect, youngest
especially really enjoys being in school and was counting down the last week or
so of the summer holidays so he could see the teachers and his friends
again. I am glad they are happy in
school; I want them to have teachers that inspire them to do well. Without decent teachers society might be
quite different, they instil in children the importance of perseverance if you
want to succeed at something.

Generally
our children spend a big chunk of their day at school (unless you home school
of course) so teachers play a huge influence in their lives. Their energy and enthusiasm can make a real
difference to coaxing children to take an interest in their schoolwork and
really begin to thrive. With classes
getting bigger it can be challenging differentiating across everyone in the
year group, yet teachers tirelessly come up with new strategies and mechanisms
to make it work successfully. It also
cannot be easy being a teacher having worrywart parents dropping in all too
frequently to ask if everything is on track (that would be ME, hands up I admit
I am that parent!).

A
good teacher is worth their weight in gold, those that have a positive impact
in your children’s lives and help them achieve higher grades or likewise the
ones that can identify when some students will need that little bit extra help
to catch up with their peers. They make
learning engaging; they motivate children to want to be in school, where
learning is considered fun never “boring”.

I
myself trained as a teacher and although I passed my qualification I decided it
was not for me. I think it takes a
certain type of person to teach, you have to manage a diverse mix of
individuals and try and get the best out of each one, I was fine in smaller
groups but I found it difficult holding the interest of a bigger group. So I think it’s wonderful that EdPlace want
to join in with UNESCO in celebrating being thankful for teachers, I for one am
grateful for the work they do trying to make life better for the kids they
teach.

Update: here is my son’s thank you card. He is thankful for the complicated maths his teacher gives him and for the fact he is kind. Bless him!

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